YMMV: SaGa

The comic book series

  • Awesome Art: Fiona Staples has won a couple of very well-deserved industry awards for her art.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Running with the frequent comparison of the series to Star Wars:
    • Alana/Princess Leia Organa: Brash, outspoken Action Girl whose first meeting with her future lover didn't exactly go over well. Prefers to shoot instead of use a sword.
    • Marko/Han Solo and Luke Skywalker: Han's dark past and African-American lover, who was previously hidden from his current love interest, Luke's affinity for "magic" and bladed weapons.
    • The Will/Boba and Jango Fett: The bounty hunter hired to kill our heroes.
    • Lying Cat/Chewbacca: Our Ensemble Darkhorse animal friend. Doesn't really have a grasp on English, but is a fierce fighter when they need to be.
    • Gwendolyn/ Sana Solo: A hero's previous love interest, who causes conflict between our main couple.
    • Prince Robot IV/Anakin Skywalker: Breaks the law to protect his pregnant wife. Hazy line between how much of him is machine, and how much is organic. May or may not be bisexual.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: And a few more times after that.
    "Just to be clear: your exact words were 'Please shoot it in my twat'."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Lying Cat.
    • Prince Robot IV seems to be becoming one due to how hilarious and utterly weird the character is.
    • Izabel, if fanart is anything to go by.
  • Friendly Fandoms: While the Coheed and Cambria fandom is relatively small, the similarities between the band's comic/album concept The Amory Wars and Saga has led to some Amory fans checking out this series in-between waiting for installments of their own series. They both feature fiercely devoted parents and badass, morally ambiguous bounty hunter antagonists IN SPACE! It kinda helps that both are heavily influenced by Star Wars.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Gwendolyn's introduction is very similar to that of a new Star Wars character introduced in the Marvel/Disney comics: Sana Solo, Han Solo's previously-unmentioned wife. Suddenly, all the Star Wars comparisons are even funnier.
  • It Will Never Catch On: The author himself joked that, due to how non-main stream the comic is ("an original fantasy book with no superheroes, two non-white leads and an opening chapter featuring graphic robot sex"), he thought the book would be cancelled by issue 3.
  • Jerkass Woobie: The Will progressively becomes more and more of a woobie as the comic goes on. Seriously this guy's whole life is a Trauma Conga Line. The Jerkass part comes from the fact that he's okay with killing children for money.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Marko losing it and trying to slaughter a group of soldiers after he mistakenly believes they hurt Alana.
    • The gas we see in a flashback that causes it's victims to explode. Prince Robot had to watch a poor medic who got caught in it without a gas mask burst apart at the seams, splattering blood all over him.
  • Signature Scene: Marko and Alana's post-sex argument in issue 11 seems to be frequently cited as "Saga in a nutshell". Not surprising given that it has some of the comic's funniest lines.
  • Squick: The series isn't afraid to engage in this from time to time.
    • The giant that Marko and Klara encounter in issue 7 and 8 has a pair of gigantic, prominent, and hairy testicles. This is not figurative. They are literal huge dangling monster balls that take up maybe twenty percent of a splash-page. Vaughan's script for his first appearance has been released, showing that Vaughan actually apologized to Staples for making her draw it.
    • The Will's preferred means of attack seems to be bisecting people. The Lying Cat has been shown eating the skin off a victim's face.
    • The close up of Prince Robot's wife giving birth.
    • Marko cutting his new baby's umbilical cord... with his teeth.
  • Tearjerker:
    • Barr's sacrifice in issue 11.
    • The Brand's visit to The Will in the hospital in issue 18; it's revealed that they're siblings, and that they had been estranged for years. Her name is also Sophie, the name he gave to the young girl he rescued.
    • Yuma sacrifices herself to save the wooden ship in issue 28.
  • Ugly Cute: The Lying Cat.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: If the series is known for anything, it's for the setting being truly weird, even by Space Opera standards. For example, the first issue features two television-headed robots, nude, doing it doggy-style. There is, at the very least, alcohol involved.
  • The Woobie: Prince Robot, especially as we learn his backstory. Also Sophie, the slave girl who's literally introduced being forced into child prostitution. Even after being freed, she cannot quite shake off the mentality that The Will is her master.